Tiny bubbles shed light on massive volcanic eruptions

New research clears up a longstanding question about explosive volcanic eruptions like the ones at Mount St. Helens in 1980.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~8 min

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Affordable electric car battery aims to end ‘range anxiety’

A new long-lasting, quick-charging electric car battery may offer a way to ease drivers' "range anxiety"—the fear of running out of power.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~5 min

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Machine learning could cut delays from traffic lights

Researchers have designed a new system that uses machine learning to improve the flow of vehicles at traffic lights.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~5 min

machine-learning traffic science-and-technology

Could lab-grown plant tissue ease the environmental toll of logging and agriculture?

MIT researchers grow structures made of wood-like plant cells in a lab, hinting at the possibility of more efficient biomaterials production.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

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Wing imprints reveal dino-era praying mantis

Researchers have identified a new species of praying mantis after discovering imprints of its fossilized wings in present-day Quebec.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

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Bird ‘Fitbit’ and muscle samples indicate fit fliers

New research on the muscles of black-legged kittiwakes suggests some of the birds are simply better athletes than others.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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Despite huge size, super light planet is ‘one of the puffiest’

The exoplanet WASP-107b is around the size of Jupiter, but has a mass 10 times smaller, researchers find. That upends ideas about gas giant planets.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

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Your wandering mind is a ‘feature,’ not a bug

Researchers have a way to show whether our minds are focused, fixated, or wandering. They've found that a wandering mind might actually be helpful, too.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~7 min

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Study: Identical Twins Are Not Genetically Exact Copies

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 18, 2021 ~4 min

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